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Judge orders Kobe Bryant’s widow to turn over therapy records

A judge on Monday said that Kobe Bryant’s widow must turn over her private therapy records dating back to 2010 to Los Angeles County, as prosecutors say the records are necessary for their defense against her lawsuit, USA Today reported.

Vanessa Bryant sued the county last year, saying its employees “showed off” photos of the deadly helicopter crash that killed her husband and daughter and seven others on Jan. 26, 2020.
 
In the ruling, federal Magistrate Judge Charles Eick reportedly ordered Bryant and her therapist to produce the documents by Nov. 29.

The county’s motion said that “all documents relating to or reflecting counseling, therapy, psychotherapy, psychiatry or any other mental health treatment provided to Vanessa Bryant from Jan. 1, 2010, to the present” must be turned over, per NBC News.

“The County continues to have nothing but the deepest sympathy for the enormous grief Ms. Bryant suffered as a result of the tragic helicopter accident,” county attorney Skip Miller said in a written statement earlier this month, adding that the records request is standard when “a plaintiff demands millions of dollars for claims of emotional distress.”

“I have an obligation to take this step to defend the County,” Miller said.

Los Angeles County had also attempted to compel Bryant to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, a request the court earlier denied.

In her suit, Bryant said that she did not officially know her husband and daughter were dead until hours after the incident occurred and the news had already gone viral online.

She reportedly also asked the county’s sheriff not to have officials take photos of the deadly scene. 

The Hill has reached out to Bryant’s law firm for comment.

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